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Deck Your Bookshelves: Audiobooks for the Holiday Season

The days are short, the nights are long, and the season of giving is upon us. These holiday themed audiobooks, from classics to current fiction, are a great way to set the mood. Listen as a family or on your own and get ready to deck your bookshelves!

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Mr. Dickens and His Carol

A Novel

By Samantha Silva
Narrated by: Euan Morton
Length: 8 hours 8 minutes

Mr. Dickens and His Carol

“Full of fantastic period detail and delightful prose, Mr. Dickens and His Carol is a wonderful companion to the enduring holiday classic A Christmas Carol. A month before Christmas, Charles Dickens is informed that his latest serial is a failure and he must produce a holiday story in one month's time or pay back his publishers for their losses. Beleaguered by his demanding relatives and expectant children, Dickens turns churlish and is unable to find any Christmas left within him to produce a fitting book. Fate intervenes when a mysterious woman crosses his path and becomes his much-needed muse, sending Dickens on a journey of inward reflection and reminding him not only of the joys of the season but how his cherished works are a gift for everyone who reads them.”

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The Deal of a Lifetime

A Novella

By Fredrik Backman
Narrated by: Santino Fontana
Length: 47 minutes

In this short story enhanced with beautiful illustrations, the bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, Beartown, and Anxious People delivers an insightful and poignant tale about finding out what is truly important in life.

A father and a son are seeing each other for the first time in years. The father has a story to share before it’s too late.... Read more »

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A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker

By Gregory Maguire
Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes


“This origin story of the Nutcracker's creator blurs the lines of fantasy. In it, we are treated to the best commentary on mythology, whether Greek or Germanic. Resurrected from death at a young age, Dirk Drosselmeier returns to the living with a gift from the great god Pan. As he grows older, Dirk remains young at heart and becomes a master figurine and toy maker. Maguire's gift at fleshing out characters of beloved and classic tales is so evident in Hiddensee that it will keep you reading at all costs.”

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A Child's Christmas In Wales - Abridged

By Dylan Thomas
Narrated by: Dylan Thomas
Length: 46 minutes

First recorded in February of 1952, this remastered recording of Dylan Thomas reading A Child’s Christmas in Wales recalls all of the sights, smells, and sounds of a long-ago Christmas.

Thomas’s wonderful recollection of this holiday in the seaside town of his youth is captured in this vivid performance. Also included are five poems selected and... Read more »

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Holidays on Ice


By David Sedaris
Narrated by: David Sedaris, Ann Magnuson & Amy Sedaris
Length: 4 hours 19 minutes

David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favoritesas the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the... Read more »

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Wishin' and Hopin'

By Wally Lamb
Narrated by: Wally Lamb
Length: 4 hours 40 minutes

Wally Lamb, the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hour I First Believed, I Know This Much Is True, and She’s Come Undone, delivers a holiday treat with Wishin’ and Hopin’—an unforgettable novella that captures the warmth and joy of the holiday season. Poignant and hilarious, in a vein similar to Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas... Read more »

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Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens & Simon Vance
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 2 hours 33 minutes

A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens first published by Chapman and Hall and first released on 19 December 1843. The story tells of sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge's ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and... Read more »

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Little Women

The Little Women Series: Book #1

By Louisa May Alcott
Narrated by: C. M. Hebert
Length: 18 hours 59 minutes

This favorite book for children, based on the author’s own youthful experiences, describes the family life of the Marches in a small New England community. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March are raised in genteel poverty by their loving mother while their father serves as chaplain during the American Civil War. Jo at fifteen is ungainly,... Read more »

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

By Barbara Robinson
Narrated by: Elaine Stritch
Length: 1 hours 26 minutes

Laughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared... Read more »

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A Christmas Story

The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film

By Jean Shepherd
Narrated by: Dick Cavett
Length: 3 hours 33 minutes

A beloved, bestselling classic of humorous and nostalgic Americana—the book that inspired the equally classic Yuletide film and the live musical on Fox.

The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky,... Read more »

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Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (Audio)

By Eric Kimmel
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
Length: 21 minutes

On the first night of Hanukkah, a weary traveler named Hershel of Ostropol eagerly approaches a village, where plenty of latkes and merriment should warm him. But when he arrives, not a single candle is lit. A band of frightful goblins has taken over the syna-gogue, and the villagers cannot celebrate at all! Hershel vows to help them. But can... Read more »

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Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King

The Guardians: Book #1

By William Joyce & Laura Geringer
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Length: 3 hours 24 minutes

Forget naughty or nice—this is a battle of good vs. evil.

Discover the origins of St. Nick and follow along as the Guardians start their quest to rid the world of nightmares in the first Guardians chapter book from Academy Award winner William Joyce that inspired the beloved film, The Rise of the Guardians.

Before SANTA was SANTA, he was North,... Read more »

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An Irish Country Christmas

A Novel
Irish Country Books: Book #3

By Patrick Taylor
Narrated by: John Keating
Length: 16 hours 36 minutes

In An Irish Country Christmas, the third book in Patrick Taylor's Irish Country Books, Barry Laverty, M.B., is looking forward to his first Christmas in the cozy village of Ballybucklebo, at least until he learns that his sweetheart, Patricia, might not be coming home for the holidays. That unhappy prospect dampens his spirits somewhat, but... Read more »

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Skipping Christmas

A Novel
John Grisham

By John Grisham
Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
Length: 3 hours 42 minutes

Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won’t be hosting their... Read more »

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How the Light Gets In

A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Chief Inspector Gamache Novel: Book #9

By Louise Penny
Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
Length: 15 hours 1 minutes

The ninth book in Louise Penny's New York Times bestselling, critically acclaimed series featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache.

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." —Leonard Cohen

Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it's a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing... Read more »

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Hercule Poirot's Christmas

A Hercule Poirot Mystery
Hercule Poirot Mysteries: Book #20

By Agatha Christie
Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
Length: 6 hours 8 minutes

In Hercule Poirot’s Christmas, the holidays are anything but merry when a family reunion is marred by murder—and the notoriously fastidious investigator is quickly on the case.

Christmas Eve, and the Lee family’s reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture and a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead... Read more »

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Mistletoe and Murder

A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery
The Daisy Dalrymple Mysteries: Book #11

By Carola Dunn
Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
Length: 7 hours 46 minutes

Seething resentments, well-kept family secrets, and a savage murder set the stage for Christmas in Cornwall in this cozy holiday installment of the Daisy Dalrymple mysteries.In December 1923, the formidable Dowager Viscountess Dalrymple has decided that for Christmas the family will all gather at Brockdene in Cornwall at the invitation of Lord... Read more »

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